Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F is for . . .

Festivals, fairs, and fiestas! Olé!

Come summer and fall, we can look forward to the various festivals, fairs, and fiestas that take place in Hollister and other parts of our county. These are just a few of the big ones. 

Annual Old Mission San Juan Bautista Fiesta

About seven miles to the west of Hollister is San Juan Bautista, named after Mission San Juan Bautista, which was established in 1797. For many decades, the mission city has held an annual fiesta to celebrate St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Old Mission. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, June 28. Admission is free.

The celebration starts with a procession from the mission through the city and back up to the olive grove next to the mission. For more details, check out this link.

Annual Downtown Hollister Street Festival, Car Show, and Swap Meet

On July 18, 2015, San Benito Street and the side streets, between Fourth and South Streets, close  for the 29th annual Downtown Hollister  Street Festival, Car Show, and Swap Meet.  The free event is sponsored by the Downtown Hollister Association. For more details about the free event, check out this link.

San Benito County Fair

Cowboy Boots & Local Roots is the theme of this year's San Benito County Fair at Bolado Park, about eight miles south of Hollister. Livestock exhibits. Live music. Flower, food, art, and quilt competitions. Business and nonprofit group displays. Carnival rides. Truck pulls. And much more. If you've never experienced an old-fashioned county fair, ours is the one to check out.

This year, the fair will be four days long, from Thursday, October 1 to Sunday, October 4, 2015. For more information, visit the fair's website.

San Benito Olive Festival

The third annual San Benito Olive Festival will take place on October 17, 2015. The location to be announced soon. This foodie fair celebrates the agricultural heritage and bounty, as well as the artisanal foodmakers, in our area. Some of the products from here are olive oils, chocolates, wines, Blenheim apricots,  cherries, lettuce, asparagus, greens, free-range chickens and eggs, free-range grass-fed beef, and more.

The San Benito Olive Festival, a nonprofit group, donates all of its net proceeds from the annual event back to other nonprofit groups in the community. For more details, visit its website.

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  1. These festivals look like so much fun! I love the cars.

    1. When I see the festivals together like this, I realize how fortunate we are.

  2. I like local festivals and fairs. And I just learned that I don't have to go all the way to Europe to enjoy an olive festival. Thanks for spreading the word about Hollister!

    Faye at Destination: Fiction

    1. Cool! Hope you make it to our olive festival one year.

  3. Other than concern for those pigs, I love it ALL!

    ALOHA from Honolulu,

    1. We talked with one of the handlers afterwards and he was quite respectful about the piggies.

  4. Wow, you are a Hollister reference guide! I must find out more, I might just want to travel there also, when we head to Cali to visit fam in Fresno and Ventura!.

    1. Hollister is definitely cooler than Fresno, but not so cool (weatherwise) than Ventura. You might enjoy San Juan Bautista and the PInnacles, too.

  5. Love the Piggies I want one. Good to see your keeping the A to Z going.

    1. Hi Bill! I never thought I'd want a piggie as a pet, but these racers are making me think twice.

  6. Wonderful! I love when people introduce us to the place they call home. The festivals look so fun!



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